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A moving ‘reunion’ for descendants of Holocaust survivors

By Bobby Ross Jr. — October 27, 2021
As a result of Anna Salton Eisen’s research, family members of eight Holocaust survivors met for the first time recently.
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In Somalia, a rare female artist promotes images of peace

By Hassan Barise — October 27, 2021
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Among the once-taboo professions emerging from Somalia’s decades of conflict and Islamic extremism is the world of arts, and a 21-year-old female painter has faced more opposition than most.

Biden sued over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

By Julie Carr Smyth — October 26, 2021
The action filed by Republican Attorney General Dave Yost in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati was joined by 11 other states.

Biden, orthodox patriarch discuss climate, religious freedom

By Peter Smith — October 25, 2021
President Joe Biden and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians discussed ways to fight climate change and to end the coronavirus pandemic as well as the importance of religious freedom during an Oval Office session Monday. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 81, met separately with Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken not long after being […]

How ethnic and religious divides in Afghanistan are contributing to violence against minorities

By Abdulkader Sinno — October 25, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Afghan affairs explains the religious affiliations of different ethnic groups in Afghanistan and why they may not share a common understanding of Islam.

6 candidates for US Senate in Ohio vie for evangelical votes

By Julie Carr Smyth — October 25, 2021
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The lone Republican moderate at a U.S. Senate candidate forum in Ohio on Sunday said at one point he felt “like a Browns fan in Pittsburgh Stadium.” The crowd of about 950 at the evangelical Genoa Baptist Church in the northern suburbs of Columbus never quite booed Matt Dolan, a state […]

Tehran holds first public Friday Prayers in almost 2 years

By Associated Press — October 22, 2021
Organizers said beforehand that all health protocols would be followed to protect the expected hundreds of worshippers during the ceremony at Tehran University.

Orthodox Church’s top patriarch to visit US, meet with Biden

By Peter Smith — October 22, 2021
Making the latest of several trips to the country during his 30 years in office, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to address concerns ranging from a pending restructuring of the American church to his church's status in his homeland, Turkey.

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

By Peter Smith — October 22, 2021
PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The landmark synagogue in Pittsburgh’s leafy Squirrel Hill neighborhood remains dormant, but a renowned […]

How do you spot a witch? This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions – and helped execute thousands of women

By Melissa Chim — October 21, 2021
(The Conversation) — Witch trials relied on a medieval text called the “Malleus Maleficarum” – a book this reference librarian can hold in her hands.

Efforts drag on to free 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

By DÁnica Coto — October 20, 2021
The group seized includes five children aged from 8 months to 15 years, although authorities were not clear whether the ransom demand included them.

Retired pope hopes to soon join friends in ‘the afterlife’

By Associated Press — October 20, 2021
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in a letter that of all his colleagues and friends, Rev. Gerhard Winkler was the closest to him.

Wiccans in the US military are mourning the dead in Afghanistan this year as they mark Samhain, the original Halloween

By Helen A. Berger — October 20, 2021
(The Conversation) — Samhain will be particularly poignant this year for Wiccans who are members or veterans of the US military as they process the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
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